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Wisconsin may hire 117 to meet PPACA mandates

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is proposing hiring 710 new state employees over the next two years.

Walker proposed the additional hiring in a budget he delivered to lawmakers Wednesday.

The state Department of Health Services would see the biggest increase, with an addition of 280 positions.

The governor says the department needs 117 new employees to meet the mandates created by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (PPACA).

The department also needs 85 new employees to improve Medicaid “integrity and efficiency” and it needs 78 to expand community-based mental health services.

There would be 218 new workers at the Department of Transportation. Of that, 180 would be new engineering and engineering support positions who are expected to reduce government’s costs for hiring outside consultants by $5.6 million annually.

Walker also proposing adding 67 new auditors and investigators at the state Revenue Department.